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March 10, 1951

A Textbook of Gynecology

JAMA. 1951;145(10):768-769. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920280080029

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This is the first edition in which Curtis shares the responsibility of the book with a younger associate. The preface of the new edition says, "There has been a painstaking detailed review and revision of all chapters. Changes have been made throughout with searching care." In spite of this, a random comparison of numerous pages in the new edition with corresponding pages, not only in the fifth edition but also in the fourth edition, published in 1942, shows a large number of the pages to be absolutely identical. The 1942 edition stated that there were less than 250 cases of dysgerminoma reported in the literature, and the same statement is made in the 1950 edition. There is no section on psychosomatics or on the psychology of women. In fact, these terms do not even appear in the index. The only mention of psychic disturbances is that associated with amenorrhea, and

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